I've heard some really good things about Luna, and figured I'd read it. I have mixed feelings about it, though, and it's mostly because of the charactI've heard some really good things about Luna, and figured I'd read it. I have mixed feelings about it, though, and it's mostly because of the characters and (to me) the reliance on stereotypes and lack of nuance.
It was really frustrating to read Luna's story through Regan's eyes. Regan came across as really selfish and whiny, and I felt like she was the stereotypical "it's so hard and it's such a burden to have a sibling who's different, woe is me because I have to keep their secret, and if people find out that my brother is transgender, I'll never have my own identity because I'll only be seen as the sister of someone who is transgender" sibling.
Instead of feeling for her, and how hard it has to be to be your sister's confidante and secret keeper, I instead spent most of the book feeling like she needed to get over herself. Considering how close they were supposed to be, all I can tell you about Luna is that she is very stereotypical female. That's not a bad thing, but we get no insight into Luna as a person and how much Luna is struggling to be accepted for who she is. Luna is going through a lot, and Regan's selfishness and need to be a martyr really took away from Luna's story.
I felt very much removed and distanced from what was going on, and even the flashbacks we get are more about Regan than they are about Luna.
I also thought that Luna needed a lot more development, and she wasn't very nuanced to me. I did mention that Luna was a little too stereotypical- very into make-up and clothes and shopping, but not all females are. I'm not sure if the lack of nuance is because of the filter in which we see Luna, or if there's just a lack of character development. Maybe both. Either way, this book is not about Luna and her transition, it's about how Luna is ruining Regan's life and how much better Regan's life would be if Luna were "normal."
Looking back at what I just wrote, it's definitely clear to me that my feelings aren't as mixed as I thought. I wanted to read more about Luna, not Luna's spoiled brat of a sister, and I wish we saw more of Luna. Both Luna and Regan narrating could have been interesting, but given how stereotypical the characters were, I don't know if Luna narrating even a few chapters would have made a difference. Luna felt more like an object than an actual person, which was really disappointing because Luna's story seemed much more interesting than Regan's.
My Rating: 1 star. Regan was too frustrating and hard to care about, and her selfishness really took away from Luna's story. ...more
I've had Evolution for a while, and finally started reading it, but I also wasn't a big fan of the book. It had the potential to be really interestingI've had Evolution for a while, and finally started reading it, but I also wasn't a big fan of the book. It had the potential to be really interesting, but it also fell short.
The book is sort of based on that idea that we only use a certain percentage of our brains, only in this book, there are people who have evolved to the point that they have special abilities because they can use a larger percentage of their brain. Sort of like that movie that came out a couple of years ago with Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson, Lucy? That's what I was reminded of, but without the whole drug-trafficking story line. So, there were things about this book that didn't make sense to me. She was told she had all of these abilities, but her boyfriend, the only person she knows who has the same abilities as her, doesn't really explain what's going on, and why some people can do what they can, and others can't. The part in the summary where it mentions someone terrorizing her dreams, and that she's a puppet in this huge game? That didn't really happen in the book. At all. I finished this book (which was a lot shorter than I thought it would be) with more questions than I did when I started. Did her boyfriend know the entire time that Jade has supernatural abilities? Because the summary made it seem like he knew, and hung around in Australia for that reason.
I was also left wondering why someone kidnapped her best friend, why a select few have this ability, and what sort of "game" is going on? Considering everything the summary says this book is about, I really expected a lot more to be going on. I want more of an explanation than the idea that some people are born really advanced. This first book makes it seem like it's this very select group of people...and yet it also seems like it' might be somewhat common.
And Jade's mom is super-absent, but has no problem with her teenage daughter constantly staying at her boyfriend's house. That seemed a little weird to me, and it makes me wonder what was going on with her mom, because her mom constantly blew her off. And it seemed like the mom was hiding something.
There's just no backstory, and while the idea was interesting, I just didn't like how it was told. It was too rushed, too short, and really hard to believe. And I know I have said that there are no explanations for anything, but it was really frustrating. Things happened for no reason, and the book didn't make a lot of sense because of that.
The characters were a little too...boring. Aiden was too perfect, and Jade was not memorable. Actually, Aiden wasn't very memorable either, and I could not tell you a single thing about them. I really couldn't.
My Rating: 1 star. The idea was sort of interesting, but the lack of explanation about pretty much anything makes me not want to keep reading the series. ...more